Sunday, April 19, 2009
If you have nowhere else to go, you could always stop by Venus (or Lucifer as the morning star is sometimes known as).
If you like warm weather, Venus is the hottest planet in the Solar System with surface temperatures warm enough to melt lead.
For hang gliders Venus offers a challenge with 350 kph winds and an atmosphere 90 times as thick as Earth, a hang glider could do some extreme stunts. Be careful of the clouds as they are made of Sulfuric Acid.
The surface is mostly rolling plains, but there are a few active volcanoes to liven things up.
If you plan to spend the day on Venus, be warned the day is slightly longer than its year at 243 Earth days.
If you want to take in the sights you might want to use a camera that can correct for different atmospheric conditions as the thick atmosphere often makes for reduced visibility.
One nice thing is you won’t miss Earth’s gravity as Venus is nearly the same size as Earth, giving it just a slightly lower gravity.
If you like this post, please check out my other post on Space Tourism:
Scuba Diving on Ganymede
Moon: Tranquility Base